“First Born” Blog Tour

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authorpicrbobOak Hill Dungeon Master Bob Freeman is also an author and this week he is promoting his latest work, First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum, with a blog tour.

If you enjoy occult fiction, you might want to follow along. Bob’s Liber Monstrorum stories have been described as a cross between Dr. Strange and the X-Files. One thing’s for certain, he honed his considerable writing talents from spending 40 years behind a DM Screen.

We’ll update the links below as the events go live.

Monday 3/12
Greg Mitchell’s The Coming Evil

Tuesday 3/13

Wednesday 3/14
Josh Reynold’s Hunting Monsters
Ginger Nuts of Horror’s “We’ve Got It Covered”
Book in the Bag

Thursday 3/15
Morgan Sylvia

Friday 3/16
Sheila’s Guests and Reviews

Saturday 3/17
I Smell Sheep

Sunday 3/18
Jacob Floyd’s Ghosts and Monsters

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The Dúnadan makes a wish

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stridertooHis name is Aragorn, son of Arathorn, sometimes called the Dúnadan, Longshanks, Wingfoot, Elessar Telcontar, Envinyatar, Estel, or Thorongil.

But to me, he is just Strider and I fell in love with the character when I was a wee lad of 12 or so when I first cracked open The Fellowship of the Ring.

Today is his birthday, born on the 1st of March in the 2931st year of the Third Age. It’s my birthday too, though I was born in 1966th year of the Common Era. I have always felt honored to share a birthday with him, despite him supposedly being a fictional character and all.

Happy Birthday, Strider. Thanks for inspiring me for the past 40 years. Here’s to 40 more…


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Appendix N: Everything’s Coming Up, Conan!

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Hot on the heels of our last two Appendix N features comes some very exciting news regarding everyone’s favorite Cimmerian.

Hold on to your broadswords, kids.

Amazon is developing a drama series based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian.

Let that sink in for a moment.


So, who’s behind the project?

First we’ve got Ryan Condal, who is best known for writing the Dwayne Johnson Hercules picture (not a feather in his cap from where I’m sitting), but he also had a hand in creating Colony for USA (plus), tried to get a Sixth Gun series made (double plus), and is writing a Logan’s Run reboot (hopeful).

Directing will be Miguel Sapochnik, which is more than I could have hoped for. Sapochnik is responsible for directing some of the very best episodes of Game of Thrones, including Hardhome, The Battle of the Bastards, and

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“Not just this minute”

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clubiconOak Hill RPG Club hosted a public Dungeons & Dragons event last night at the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club Building. While there was not a huge turn-out, we did get to introduce two new players to the game and we’re hopeful that word will spread and these events will continue to grow and attract even more men and women to the hobby.

These sorts of things take time, but we were more than pleased with the night’s outcome.

We spent the first hour rolling characters and discussing the nuances of game play and rules, and then we were off, into the thick of it.

Our players assumed the roles of merchants and craftsmen from three neighboring villages, conscripted by House Stewart to defend Blackmire Pass from invading Mercer forces until the military could arrive.

Under the command of fourteen year old, Allenford Stewart, our militia was ill-fated from the start.

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APPENDIX N: Robert E. Howard’s Conan, Part II

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conanunchainedToday marks the 112th anniversary of the birth of my favorite author, the legendary Robert E. Howard, and it’s no secret that Gary Gygax was a huge fan of Robert E. Howard as well.

The influence of Howard’s Conan on Dungeons and Dragons is undeniable. Fantasy roleplaying would simply not exist as it does today if not for the creation of the sword and sorcery genre and we have Robert E. Howard to thank for that.

Gygax first mentioned Conan in IFW Monthly in May of 1969.

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That early Hyborian Wargame Society surely added fuel to the fires of creation in which Dungeons & Dragons was forged. Listed amongst others in the 1979 Dungeon Master’s Guide’s Appendix N, Robert E. Howard’s influence was all over the game. One need look no further than Conan’s last published adventure Red Nails, which featured a wilderness trek and battle with a…

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5 Years Ago Today…

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Sometime in September of 2012 I made a somewhat innocuous comment on facebook, something along the line of “getting your old D&D mates back to the table for old time’s sake was the modern equivalent of getting the band back together“.

That sparked a discussion with my old chum Shaun Keenan and we decided to have a go at it. We reached out to the legion of diceslingers who had once battled kobalds, goblins, and worse as a part of the Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club, a group we had formed back in the near prehistoric age of the late 1970s.

So it was that five years ago today, on the 5th of January of 2013, a group of friends came together for a game of Dungeons & Dragons.

Shaun made arrangements for us to use Ali-Caters in Marion, a sort-of abandoned tavern, complete with a dance…

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